Category: Sarasota Mental Health Program

Two of the biggest tragedies that continue to occur in our time are the still-existing stigmatization of mental health and the lack of care and compassion for many returning veterans. For several years, mental health was considered as either weakness or justified inferiority to the masses. Care was limited and for some completely non-existent. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the lack of treatment for veterans returning home from a tour of duty. In the early 1900s, PTSD went largely undiagnosed and was simply referred to as “shell shock.” While times have changed, the lack of compassion is still a problem for many. 

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It goes without saying that veterans don’t get nearly enough respect. Often, our opinion about current theatres of operations and conflicts cloud our empathy and prevent us from extending a caring and supportive hand. Many veterans returning home are suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and head injuries. Getting the proper treatment isn’t always possible, so it’s up to us to help in any way we can.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit veterans service organization founded by James C. Putnam. The organization was founded on September 29, 1899. There are about 6,000 VFW posts around the world, with 52 departments statewide that offer services and advocacy to veterans and their families. VFW Day is a holiday that raises awareness for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and veterans in need. VFW Day is observed on September 29 every year.

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